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Queer-owned yoga studio to officially open in Mission District this weekend

Queer-owned yoga studio to officially open in Mission District this weekend
Photo: Courtesy of Instagram via @esteefletter
By Matt Charnock - Published on November 29, 2021.

A new, sun-drenched yoga studio on 16th Street called HAUM will — after months of planning and preparation — debut to the public on December 3.

Covid-19 nearly collapsed San Francisco’s boutique fitness studios. While some gyms managed to make it through outdoor workout sessions and Zoom classes, others were left to close indefinitely. The concept behind HAUM, a queer-owned and community-driven yoga studio in the Mission District, was actually born amid the pandemic. And that idea will now come to fruition this Friday inside the 500 suite at 2973 16th Street.

 
 
 
 
 
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“We are so excited to invite you to come to celebrate the beautiful community you created — a community that you built,” reads a statement from the yoga studio on its imminent grand opening. “It means the world to HAUM to see this community consciously make a decision to support a small, local, LGBTQ+ owned, teacher first studio whose Mission is to connect, give and support our wonderful neighborhood.”

The team behind HAUM — among them Danni Pomplun, the studio’s founder, who’s dedicated years to teaching yoga and has helped support the city’s yoga community for over a decade — raised over $25K earlier this year; all of those funds went to tasks like making the space as inviting as possible and helping enroll all teachers and staff in anti-racism training.

HAUM has also said previously it won’t be a space that “just caters to the able-bodied, straight, white folks who practice yoga.”

For its grand opening weekend, six classes will be held from Friday through Sunday, all of which are meant to be approachable (and adaptable) to both novices and skilled yogis alike. Saturday, December 4, will see HAUM’s “big opening party” from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; food vendors, kombucha stations, and a live DJ will round out the party’s niceties. 

All this weekend’s classes will be offered at a $5 to $100 donation-based scale, and 100% of the funds will go to the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center — a local nonprofit that helps people experiencing homelessness, connecting people with HIV/AIDS services, and more. Through the weekend, as well, HAUM we’ll be offering 15% off all its class packs via the use of the code "GRAND” when booking them online. 

You can check out HAUM’s full grand opening schedule here; scroll through HAUM’s “About Us” page to learn more about their beliefs and the team behind the yoga studio.